Cirque du Soleil's Drone Video, 'Sparked,' Is Pure Magic

Cirque du Soleil + Drones = Pure Magic

Seems like Cirque du Soleil can turn just about anything into a mesmerizing performance -- even drones.

A new collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich and Verity Studios features 10 quadcopters carrying out the kinds of complex synchronized dance maneuvers we usually see from the circus' famed acrobats.

But what makes this clip amazing is the one thing it doesn't feature: computer graphics.

You can see how the film was created in this "making of" video.

Verity co-founder Markus Waibel told Gizmag that each of the 10 drones was given a different personality, and that the entire film was shot in just three days.

"The collaboration resulted in a unique, interactive choreography where humans and drones move in sync," Cirque du Soleil said in the description on YouTube. "Precise computer control allows for a large performance and movement vocabulary of the quadcopters and opens the door to many more applications in the future."

(h/t Gizmodo)

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